There are tons of tech resources available to you as a student at the University of Chicago. This quick start guide will help you get access to some of the most utilized and useful technologies, services, and support information you’ll need to be successful during your time at UChicago.
Before You Arrive on Campus
Create your username, called a CNetID, and set a secure password to access common UChicago services like Canvas, UChicago Box, UChicago G Suite, and Faculty Access.
The UChicago Card is the official University of Chicago identification card. All first-year undergraduates entering the College are required to upload a photo for their UChicago Card before arriving on campus. This is how you will access buildings, pay for meals, and use the UChicago library resources.
2-Factor Authentication (2FA) significantly enhances the security of your CNetID by using a second device (typically a mobile phone) to verify your identity. 2FA prevents anyone but you from using your account to log into secure University websites, even if they know your CNetID password.
IT Services provides students of the University community with free or reduced-cost access to a wide range of academic and productivity software such as Microsoft Office and MATLAB.
When You Are On Campus
Connect online to the campus wireless network using your CNetID. We recommend using the ‘eduroam’ SSID which, like ‘uchicago-secure,’ uses an encrypted wireless protocol but works at more than 6,000 institutions across 89 countries.
Canvas is the University’s online environment where instructors and students can manage course materials and communication.
Get your free Box accounts to store and share files, communicate, and collaborate securely in the cloud.
PC and Mac purchases for personal use are available to students under an agreement between the University and several vendors.
A worthy repeat of the above – if you hadn’t taken advantage of the free or reduced-cost software for students before your arrival on campus, now is the time to get Microsoft Office, MATLAB, and a wide range of other academic and productivity software.
my.UChicago is the self-service portal for University students and staff in the Academic Information System.